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Advancing Research Methods with New Technologies

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Advancing digital technologies continue to shape all aspects of our society, with particular impact on the professional research community. These new and exciting developments offer considerable advantages in terms of speed, access connectivity, and economy. Advancing Research Methods with New Technologies examines the applicability and usefulness of new technologies, as well as the pitfalls of these methods in academic research practices. This book serves as a practical guide for designing and conducting research projects for scientists of all disciplines ranging from graduate students to professors and practitioners.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Preface
    1. 1. THE MODERN RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT
    2. 2. QUANTITATIVE APPROACHES TO RESEARCH USING NEW TECHNOLOGIES
    3. 3. QUALITATIVE APPROACHES TO RESEARCH USING NEW TECHNOLOGIES
  5. Acknowledgment
  6. Section 1: The Modern Research Environment
    1. Chapter 1: History of Technology in Research
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. EVOLUTION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
      4. USE OF TECHNOLOGY FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES
      5. POTENTIAL OF TECHNOLOGY AS A FACILITATOR OF RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT
      6. DRAWBACKS OF TECHNOLOGY
      7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      8. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 2: The Co-Creation of the City
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. THE CO-CREATION OF THE CITY
      5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 3: Sampling, Channels, and Contact Strategies in Internet Survey
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. 1. INTRODUCTION
      3. 2. INTERNET SURVEYS SAMPLING
      4. 3. INTERNET SURVEY TECHNIQUES
      5. 4. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 4: The Distinctiveness of Online Research
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. INNOVATING ADVOCACY RESEARCH THROUGH ONLINE METHODS
      5. RECOMMENDATIONS
      6. CONCLUSION AND FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
  7. Section 2: Quantitative Approaches to Research Using New Technologies
    1. Chapter 5: Using Web Surveys for Psychology Experiments
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
      3. STAGES IN THE ONLINE RESEARCH PROCESS
      4. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      5. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 6: Measuring Wages Worldwide
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. 1. INTRODUCTION
      3. 2. BACKGROUND
      4. 3. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: WEIGHTING WAGES
      5. 4. CONCLUSION AND FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    3. Chapter 7: Reducing Response Burden for Enterprises Combining Methods for Data Collection on the Internet
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. REDUCING RESPONSE BURDEN IN ENTERPRISES USING AUTOMATED REPORTING COMBINED WITH WEB-QUESTIONNAIRE
      5. DIFFERENT TYPES OF SERVICES IN THE ALTINN PORTAL
      6. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      8. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 8: Research Intentions are Nothing without Technology
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND: WEB SURVEYS AS A SOLUTION FOR OPTIMISING MIXED METHOD POSSIBILITIES
      3. MAIN CARACTERISTICS OF THE COBEREN PROJECT: METHODOLOGY AND OPERATIONAL IMPLEMENTATION
      4. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 9: Best Practice in Online Survey Research with Sensitive Topics
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. BEST PRACTICES FROM THE LITERATURE
      5. DEFINING SENSITIVE ITEMS
      6. SUMMARY OF BEST PRACTICE FOR DECREASING ITEM NON-RESPONSE
      7. CONCLUSION
  8. Section 3: Qualitative Approaches to Research Using New Technologies
    1. Chapter 10: Considering Abductive Thematic Network Analysis with ATLAS-ti 6.2
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. ABDUCTIVE REASONING: A PRAGMATIC APPROACH
      4. ABDUCTIVE THEMATIC NETWORK ANALYSIS (ATNA)
      5. ATNA WITH ATLAS-TI 6.2
      6. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 11: A Study of Relationships in Online Virtual Environments
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. CONDUCTING INTERVIEWS VIRTUALLY
      5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 12: Techniques for Analyzing Blogs and Micro-Blogs
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. HOW TO CONDUCT RESEARCH ON BLOGS AND MICRO-BLOGS
      5. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 13: Methods for Analyzing Computer-Mediated Communication in Educational Sciences
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO CMC
      3. ETHICAL ISSUES IN CMC RESEARCH
      4. TWO COMPLEMENTARY METHODS FOR ANALYZING CMC
      5. CASE STUDY
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    5. Chapter 14: Exploring Lived Experience through Ambient Research Methods
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. AMBIENT RESEARCH METHODS: TRACING LITERATE ACTION
      5. CASE HISTORIES OF AMBIENT RESEARCH
      6. IMPLICATIONS AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS
    6. Chapter 15: Researching Online Dating
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. ONLINE DATING RESEARCH: EXPERIENCES AND CHALLENGES
      5. CONCLUSION
    7. Chapter 16: Utilising New Media Technology
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE USE OF DIARIES FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES
      4. SAMPLING, RECRUITMENT, AND ETHICS
      5. DIARY AIMS AND DESIGN
      6. USING WEB-BASED DIARIES FOR DATA COLLECTION: MATERIALS AND PROCEDURES
      7. DATA COLLECTION PROCEDURE
      8. RESEARCHER’S CRITICAL REFLECTION OF THE USE OF WEB-BASED DIARIES
      9. RESEARCHER’S RESPONSES TO THE CHALLENGES POSED BY USING WEB-BASED DIARIES
      10. OPPORTUNITIES OF WEB-BASED DIARIES FOR SOCIAL AND BUSINESS RESEARCH
      11. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      12. CONCLUSION
    8. Chapter 17: Methodological Considerations of Qualitative Email Interviews
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. ADVANTAGES OF EMAIL INTERVIEWS
      4. DISADVANTAGES OF EMAIL INTERVIEWS
      5. ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
      6. RECOMMENDATIONS AND FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      7. CONCLUSION
    9. Chapter 18: Using Multimedia Stimulus Materials in an Electronic Interview to Gain In-Depth Responses from Professionals
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. A DEVELOPING THEORY OF INTERVIEWING AS A SOURCE OF IN-DEPTH DATA
      4. PURPOSE AND DESIGN OF THE ELECTRONIC INTERVIEW
      5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
    10. Chapter 19: The E-Interview in Qualitative Research
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. TRANSFORMING THE INTERVIEW
      5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
  9. Compilation of References
  10. About the Contributors